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The Shadow of What Was Lost


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James Islington was born and raised in southern Victoria, Australia. An avid fantasy reader for many years, it was only when he read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series that he was finally inspired to write something of his own. He now lives with his wife and daughter on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.


Storytelling assurance rare for a debut . . . Fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will find much to admire -- GUARDIAN
So exciting . . . Will appeal not only to The Wheel of Time readers, but to anybody looking for a coming-of-age fantasy tale with likeable characters and strong worldbuilding -- FANTASY FACTION
A traditional coming-of-age, saving-the-world epic fantasy in the vein of Tad Williams, Raymond E. Feist (and yes, Robert Jordan). But it also has the flavour of something new . . . You'll be left wanting more -- SFX

Action aplenty and an ample spattering of violence . . . This is a whole new world with a fresh fantasy streak

A relentless juggernaut of a book . . . Astoundingly intricate worldbuilding -- DAILY MAIL
Wonderful worldbuilding and terrific characters -- BOINGBOING
Incessant plot twists and a relentless pace -- KIRKUS
Love the Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favourite series -- BARNES & NOBLE SF BLOG
Complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters . . . Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Magic, monsters, prophecies, betrayals and revenge . . . The first novel by James Islington has it all -- THE ELOQUENT PAGE
Definitely a series to watch out for. It has everything you wish in Epic fantasy and a lot more -- THE BOOK PLANK
An action-packed nailbiter -- BOOKBAG
Relentless pace and exciting plot . . . absorbing and impressive -- CULTUREFLY

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